March 12, 2009
PLAY BALL: The Titans (10-2) takes a nine-game winning streak to Stillwater, Oklahoma, as they ready themselves for Rhode Island (7-2) and nationally-ranked Oklahoma State (11-2) in the Oklahoma State Tournament on Mar. 13, 14 and 15.
Fullerton brings with them a hot-hitting offense that has produced two 20-plus hit games in their last four outings as well as an uncharacteristic 14 home runs over that same time frame.
The Titans will face the Rams in the first game of a day-night doubleheader on Friday, the Titans' first non-Regional doubleheader since May 28, 2006, at Long Beach State. That double header was due to a light standard catching fire prior to first pitch the day prior.
LISTEN: Oklahoma State's Rex Holt will bring you all the action from the Oklahoma State Tournament live on fullertontitans.com. You will hear Holt and the OSU radio feed on Friday and Saturday, and typical internet broadcasts of the Titans' games with Rhode Island on Friday afternoon and Sunday. Click the microphone link on the home page at fullertontitans.com, then choose your game, and listen to all the action as it happens.
PROBABLE PITCHING ROTATION:
FRIDAY - Game 1:
CSF: RHP, Tyler Pill (2-0, 5.52 ERA)
RI: RHP, Tim Boyce (1-0, 6.92 ERA)
FRIDAY - Game 2:
CSF: RHP, Daniel Renken (2-0, 1.53 ERA)
OSU: LHP, Andrew Oliver (3-0, 4.74 ERA)
CSF: RHP, Kyle Witten (1-0, 3.68 ERA)
OSU: LHP, Tyler Lyons (2-0, 1.38 ERA)
CSF: RHP, Noe Ramirez (2-0, 1.98 ERA)
RI: RHP, Eric Smith (1-0, 1.38 ERA)
TRACKING THE GAME: Follow the games vis Oklahoma State's live stats by clicking here.
VERSUS THE RAMS: This is the first meeting between Rhode Island and Cal State Fullerton at the Div. I level.
VERSUS THE COWBOYS: Cal State Fullerton is 2-3 all-time (at the Div. I level) against Oklahoma State dating back to 1983. The 1983 meeting was the only time the two teams have met outside of the postseason (Titans lost 7-4 in Fullerton). There have been two meetings in Regionals and two Meetings at the College World Series. This will be the Titans' first meeting with Oklahoma State since 1994 when they split a pair of games at the Stillwater Regional. The Titans lost the first game of the `94 Regional 13-11, but then turned around and beat the Cowboys in 10 innings, 6-5 to advance to the College World Series. They met in the College World Series in 1984 (10-2 win for CSF) en route to their 2nd national championship, and then lost to them 14-4 in game one of the 1990 CWS.
TITAN TIDBITS: &\#149; The Titans have outscored their opponents 87 to 30 on this current winning streak and have outscored their opponents 52-16 on this current road trip through The South. &\#149; The Titans out-hit their opponents 108-60 over their nine-game winning streak and have out-hit them 66-29 ion their current road trip through The South. The Titans have also had a 22-hit attack on Mar. 6 at Southern Miss and a 21-hit attack on Tuesday at Texas A&M. &\#149; The Titans are 6-0 on the road to start off the 2009 season with two wins at San Diego State, three wins at Southern Miss and a lone game at Texas A&M. The Titans were 14-12 on the road in 2008. &\#149; Friday will mark the Titans' ninth day and fifth game of an 11-day, eight-game road trip through The South.
WINNING STREAK: The Titans are currently riding a nine-game winning streak with series sweeps over Stanford and Southern Miss, a pair of midweek wins over San Diego State and Tuesday's victory over Texas A&M. The Titans have not had a nine-game streak since April 20 - May 6, 2005. Over the Titans' winning streak dating back to Feb. 24, Khris Davis has been the Titans' best hitter posting a team-leading 17 hits and .472 batting average including three doubles and five home runs. Davis has also driven in a team-leading 16 RBI over the streak and stolen two bases. Josh Fellhauer (.406, 13 H, 2 HR, 8 RBI) and Jared Clark (.406, 13 H, 3 HR, 15 RBI) have both hit over .400 over the nine-game span. From the mound Daniel Renken (0.75 ERA), Kyle Witten (1.50 ERA), Noe Ramirez (3.50 ERA) and Tyler Pill (3.97 ERA) have each collected a pair of wins, while Michael Morrison (0.00 ERA) has finished five games (5.0 IP) allowing just one hit while striking out five. The team's ERA over the nine games has been 2.44.
GOOD STARTS: The Titans' 10-2 2009 start is the third-best start of the new century. In 2005, the Titans jumped out to a 14-2 start while the 2003 squad wend 16-1 to begin the season.
ON THE ROAD: The Titans are 5-0 on the road this year and are hitting .340 as a team and have an ERA of .240 away from home. Tuesday night's starter Noe Ramirez has 13.0 innings under his belt on the road with two wins and nine strikeouts to his credit. Nick Ramirez (.476), Jared Clark (.471), Josh Fellhauer (.421), Joe Scott (.417) and Khris Davis (.409) all are hitting over .400 away from Goodwin Field.
CHICKS DIG THE LONG BALL: The Titans have walloped 14 home runs in the last four games on the current road trip. Every Titans starter except Joe Scott and Jeff Newman have hit at least one out of the park, and everyone of them except Gary Brown has at least two. Big West Player of the Week Nick Ramirez belted three (one in three consecutive games) to lead the Titans in long balls on the trip.